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Matzo Ball

When: Mon., Dec. 24, 9 p.m.-12 a.m. 2012

Matzo is usually known as the unleavened bread traditionally eaten by Jews during Passover. This time of year though, it’s known as a party. For the past five years, the Young Adult Division of the Charleston Jewish Federation has hosted an annual Matzo Ball at an Asian restaurant, continuing the somewhat tongue-in-cheek tradition of Jews eating Chinese food at Christmas time. Since Christmas Eve can be kind of a bummer if you’re not celebrating, the Federation hosts this annual event to give locals an alternative. “The Matzo Ball is a way for Jews or anyone not celebrating Christmas to feel like they have somewhere to go,” says the CJF’s Sarah Roshfeld. Guests can enjoy an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and playlists carefully put together by the CJF party planners — as Roshfeld says, it’s kind of hard to get a live band on Christmas Eve. Although the Matzo Ball is hosted by the Jewish community, everyone is welcome regardless of religious background.

Haley Thomas

Price: $30/through Dec. 21, $35/door

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